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App Review Team Gets Flustered By America's Next Top Model

July 24, 2010

It seems as if Apple's App Review Team is only getting kookier with age; indeed, its latest stunt is nothing short of ridiculous. According to an article posted over at Cult of Mac, an app that uses the iPhone 4's front-facing camera to transform the phone into a makeshift mirror (creatively dubbed, Mirror App), caused a bit of a stir when a couple of in-app screenshots of America's Next Top Model contestant, Lyudmila Bouzinova, were included in a recent update.

The app wasn't pulled from the App Store, however Mirror App's developer (DLP Mobile) was contact by Apple, who claimed that the images of Bouzinova were “obscene, pornographic or defamatory.” The App Review Team then asked DLP Mobile to resubmit the app with the images removed and updated. A little crazy, don't you think? I mean, if images that actually are “obscene, pornographic or defamatory" enter the App Store, then the Review Team should jump on the developer in a python-like display of violence and aggression. I could understand that. But this, this is nothing short of insanity. The App Review Team needs to gain a better understanding of what the twenty-first century definition of "pornographic" actually is. The image is in no way "obscene", nor is it, in my opinion, "defamatory." I'm going to end here before I start on a supermassive rant which will only serve to bore you all to death. Let us know what you think of this issue in the comments box below!

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